The Hepworth Wakefield Garden is open!
The Hepworth Wakefield Garden, designed by internationally acclaimed landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, is a beautifully landscaped garden free for all to enjoy.
As well as Stuart-Smith’s distinctive planting, there are outdoor sculptures by Lynn Chadwick, Sir Michael Craig-Martin, Barbara Hepworth and Rebecca Warren.
The Hepworth Wakefield Garden Café is also now open daily 11am – 3pm, serving take away hot and cold drinks, fresh cakes and snacks.
View a selection of recent images below
Tom Stuart-Smith’s design draws inspiration from its unusual setting between 19th-century red-brick mills and a 21st-century art gallery, edged by the River Calder. It echos the striking, angular shapes of the David Chipperfield-designed gallery while harnessing a naturalism that reflects Barbara Hepworth’s deep connection to the landscape.
Find out about the story of The Hepworth Wakefield Garden here.
Sculpture in the garden
Ascending Form (Gloria), 1958
The two diamond shapes in Ascending Form (Gloria) can be seen as representing natural forms, with the one growing organically out of the other, or as a reference to hands coming together in prayer.
One of her most frequently recurring subjects was the standing form, which she related to the feeling of a human figure in the landscape.
Pitchfork (Yellow), 2013
Sir Michael Craig-Martin
This 11ft yellow pitchfork stands tall amongst the trees in the garden. It is taken from a series of giant and brightly coloured painted steel sculptures that resemble commonplace objects.
Appearing like drawings in the air, Craig-Martin’s deceptively simple sculptures pose questions about the role that objects play in our everyday lives.
Hear Michael Craig-Martin describe his sculpture in this short film.
The Three, 2017
British artist Rebecca Warren personally selected her sculpture The Three within the new garden. Warren’s bronze works are created in clay, then cast in bronze and finally hand-painted.
Taken from a recent series of large human figures, The Three was selected for its subtle icing-like palette of blues and pinks, which offset the sculpture’s monumental scale.
Warren said: “It feels like a rare opportunity to have sculptures in this setting, especially in a garden that is open and free to the public. I’m looking forward to seeing my work in this beautiful context and to seeing how it is affected by the changing light of the different seasons.”
Dancing Figures, 1956
One of the leading sculptors of post-war Britain, Lynn Chadwick won the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1956, making him the youngest ever recipient of the prize. The same year, he made Dancing Figures, a subject he returned to many times.
Struck by the impact on British culture of the ‘Teddy Boy’ youth movement in the mid-1950s, Chadwick wanted to create sculpture that possessed the swagger, menace and modernity of these young men. Sharp angles and jagged postures, inspired by the way the ‘Teds’ danced to the music of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley, create a sense of dynamic motion, despite being cast in bronze.
In bloom - March
Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’
Lungwort is a deciduous perennial which thrives in shady areas. It carpets the ground with bright blue flowers in early springtime and looks beautiful with our hellebores and snowdrops. Lungwort is so named because the leaves are shaped like lungs and the plant was traditionally used to treat diseases of the lungs, with the word ‘Pulmo’ meaning lung in Latin.
10,400 snowdrops have recently been planted in shady areas of the garden and as time progresses these will bulk up and multiply, creating beautiful swathes of white.
Helleborus x hybridus
The hybrid Lenten roses have glossy evergreen leaves and cup-shaped, nodding flowers in pink, magenta or white. We use these in areas of semi-shade and we remove the old leaves in winter just before the new ones emerge.
The holly-leaved hellebore is a perennial native to Corsica and Sardinia and has evergreen, spiny leaves with a beautiful turquoise tint. Like other hellebores they flower in winter and as the season progresses their nodding pale green blooms will uncurl. Helleborus argutifolius is a resilient plant and beautiful in combination with our Geranium ‘Salome’ and Omphalodes cappadocica.